The city of Monroe is looking for local business owners and managers to form the Economic Development Advisory Board.

Mayor Geoffrey Thomas announced in a news release Friday that the application process has begun. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 20.

“Working with business owners from across the city is part of my on-going economic development strategy to build a vibrant economy,” said Thomas in the release. “Input from the business community on priority investments is vital for our city’s economic success.” 

Community members who have worked in the retail, commercial, professional, recreation, tourism, lodging and real estate industries or have started home businesses are encouraged to apply, according to the release. The advisory board members will review and prioritize short-term, mid-term and long-term priorities for Monroe.

The new approach is intended to build up the tourism industry and economy. It was proposed as a way to implement goals outlined in Monroe’s Downtown Master Plan and Economic Development Plan.

The selected group will meet from November through June, according to the release. Priorities must be finalized on time to be included for consideration in the 2019 budget.

Thomas will recommend applicants to the Monroe City Council on Nov. 14. For more information, contact Monroe’s city administrator Deborah Knight at 360-863-4500 or dknight@monroewa.gov